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Strauss | Der Rosenkavalier – Salzburg Festival

  • Release date: 2006

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Der Rosenkavalier

Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Artists

Feldmarschallin – Adrianne Pieczonka
Baron Ochs – Franz Hawlata
Octavian – Angelika Kirchschlager
Faninal – Franz Grundheber
Sophie – Miah Persson
Marianne Leitmetzerin – Ingrid Kaiserfeld
Valzacchi – Jeffrey Francis
Annina – Elena Batoukova
Polizeikommissar – Florian Boesch
Haushofmeister bei der Feldmarschallin – John Dickie
Haushofmeister dei Faninal – Michael Roider
Notar – Peter Loehle
Wirt – Markus Petsch
Sänger – Piotr Beczala
Modistin – Aleksandra Zamojska
Tierhändler – Eberhard F. Lorenz
Vienna State Opera Chorus  (chorus master: Rupert Huber)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Robert Carsen, stage director
Peter Pabst, set designer

Label: Arthaus Musik, 2010 (re-release); TDK, 2006 (original)
Catalogue No.: Arthaus
107139
Recorded live during the Salzburg Festival, 2004

Running time: 201 mins
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1

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Description

Arthaus presents one of the most talked about productions of recent Salzburg festival years – the 2004 staging of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. The musical comedy has a deep-rooted performance tradition at the Salzburg Festival, but Robert Carsen’s new reading opened up a new view of this operatic staple while Semyon Bychkov leading the Vienna Philharmonic and a cast of internationally renowned singers guaranteed a high musical standard. Semyon Bychkov conducts Strauss with flexible nuances and a great deal of energy and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung praised the conductor’s ability “to make the dense textures of the score transparent and to throw light on the subtleties of the instrumentation”. The musical side of the performance was additionally sustained by the experience and longstanding Strauss tradition of the Vienna Philharmonic, according to the Münchner Merkur, the only “orchestra in the world that is capable of such decadent excesses and such gloriously honed waltzes.”

Carsen marked the work with a coherent vision, cleverly holding its three acts and almost 200 stage personnel together. The wide stage of the Großes Festspielhaus allowed him to keep the main action centre-stage, while the surrounding spaces were used to comment on the action.

Reviews

“Adrianne Pieczonka’s Marschallin gives a telling portrayal of a modern woman thoroughly enjoying her liaison in middle age.” Gramophone DVD of the Month – September 2010

Gramophone, September 2010

“Adrianne Pieczonka looks exactly right as the Marschallin and sings and acts very movingly throughout.”

Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music, 2010

“Toronto soprano Adrianne Pieczonka is spectacular as the Marschallin, a grand lady who is only too conscious of enjoying her final fling with young lover Octavian, in this 2004 Salzburg production of Richard Strauss’s 1911 bittersweet comic opera.”

Toronto Star, 17 May 2010

“A thoughtful presentation, finely sung by a distinguished cast and wonderfully conducted by Bychkov.” 5 Stars

BBC Music Magazine, October 2010